Conference: “Mjaddarah” to “Fatti de Luxe”: Food and Middle Eastern Diasporas

Contributed By: Jill
Organizing Institution: Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and North Carolina State University
Contact Name: Dr. Akram Khater
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Start Date: April 5, 2018
End Date: April 7, 2018
North Carolina State University


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Middle Eastern cuisines seem to have been suspended in time in popular imagination and
culture. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Since the arrival in North America between 1890 and 1920 of the first wave of Middle Eastern diasporas, cuisines that originated in the cities and villages of the Eastern Mediterranean have undergone spectacular transformations in their evolution both within the Middle East and beyond – in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. At the same time, nostalgia, longing and post-traumatic stress have reshuffled the role of food in Middle Eastern identity(ies). The social contexts of these cuisines – in terms of their significance in memory, oral histories, intergenerational transmission of cultural identities and tourist promotion—have also shifted or diversified over the decades.

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